Cleaning White Sneakers

In the eight nine ten? years that Lar and I have been writing Asian Cajuns, I think I’ve written at least three posts about shoe care. I don’t what it is, but my love of shoe polish and shoe cleaning runs deep. I caught the bug early on when I discovered my dad’s shoe polish kit in his closet and watched him buff his work shoes. Newly cleaned shoes are as satisfying as a new coat of paint  and it’s so quick. Instant gratification, my friends.


A couple of months ago I was lamenting to Lar about how stained and sad my Stan Smiths were looking. I love having a minimal shoe collection, but it means my shoes start looking worn really, really fast because I wear the same pair almost every day. And because Stan Smiths are white and I live in a state that has mud that is as red as the president-elect’s face while he tweets, my sneakers were looking rough.

In the past, I’ve had some success with baking soda and water when cleaning my white canvas sneakers , but felt like I needed something was less harsh for leather. I think it was one of Lar’s co-workers who recommended this Jason Markk essential kit:


It comes with a brush and a cleaning solution that is 93% natural and biodegradable – and has a nice fresh clean laundry-like scent to it. To clean your shoes, you put a few drops of the solution on the brush, dip the brush into a bowl of water, and then start scrub-a-dub-dubbing away on your shoes.


I only used a few drops to clean both shoes and then just wiped off the soapy water from the shoes when everything looked clean enough. No need to rinse. The solution is so light, it doesn’t leave any residue on the shoe. And ta da!


Brand spanking almost-new shoes! They’re not perfect (there are some stains from the laces that wouldn’t budge), but once I put the laces on, they looked so fresh and so clean clean. See?


I cleaned the laces with my whites on laundry day (without bleach) and then did a little happy dance in my new-looking Stans.

9 thoughts on “Cleaning White Sneakers”

  1. super cute! I love cleaning my shoes! I don’t have any white ones, so it’s not much of a challenge. However, I am surprised more people don’t seem to talk about doing this. There is nothing like wearing 3-10 yr old shoes that look brand new. The only shoes I have a very hard time cleaning are suede. I no longer buy suede shoes for this reason. (sorry elvis)

    1. Agreed! I always fall for suede shoes, but then I don’t wear them as much if I think it’s going to rain or if I think i might be somewhere there is mud. The fabric is just too high maintenance.

  2. The comment about Trump’s face made me snort a little. Your shoes look great. I like that they are clean but not blindingly brand new white. I have the Adidas with the three black stripes and I like them better now that they show just a little bit of wear. I felt like they were screaming BRAND NEW SHOES the first few times I wore them.

    1. I feel that way too when I get new sneakers. They did a little bit of dirt on them to look real. So glad you liked the Trump dig 😉

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